After a divisive start in Pownal last July, the Vermont Council on Rural Development has targeted Randolph for its next community to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities program.
Environmentally minded residents in Middlebury are determined to place climate change front-and-center in shaping the community’s future economic path.
A meeting held Monday on “creating a climate economy” revealed that Middlebury residents are concerned about climate change but differ on what to do locally in response.
One community has become divided after the Vermont Council on Rural Development visited with its Climate Economy Model Communities Program, and now another is about to embrace the same controversial program.
It came dressed up as a local initiative to spur Vermont’s first “climate change economy,” but some residents say the Climate Economy Model Communities Program originates from Montpelier and is being implemented illegally.